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The supportive environment your teenager needs

By Ev Dalecki
I was in kindy when I was first told by a peer..⁣

"You are up yourself" ⁣

I had to ask a few questions to figure out what that meant. ⁣

What I came away with was.. ⁣

-you are meant to hate lots of things about your self-⁣

If there are things you like about yourself, especially the way you look, it's best not to talk about it. If you do, people won't like you. ⁣

That is a pretty messed up message to receive really early on.⁣

This is one of the many things that really drew me to gymnastics. I found comfort in the gym environment because there wasn't much talking there. ⁣

We just did work and were taught to be proud of effort.⁣

This belief
-having to put yourself down to remain “humble” has survived through the generations and we see it come through in the self talk of lots of adults we teach.

They are very comfortable naming and pointing out all the ways that they “suck” and struggle to confidently point out things they do well or like about themselves.

We work with adults to help them change and reframe their attitude towards themselves.

You absolutely can be impressive and proud of your skills, progress, body and effort in our gym! We will celebrate your wins and brag about your progress for you until you learn how to do it for yourself.

If this type of thing has affected the adult population who didn’t really grow up with social media..

Imagine these issues x 1000 for the teens of the current generation Z.

These days, the environment in many gyms is very difficult for young girls, boys and teens. Only amplified by social media.⁣

Pressure for the boys to quickly develop and gain muscle mass⁣ 💪
Pressure for the girls to manage their waistlines and start doing glute workouts to keep up with latest "body trends"⁣ 👙

And.. being told hate parts themselves and work hard to conform to unattainable norms.

But.. not with us.⁣

If your teen needs an environment where they can be themselves, be proud of their effort, learn skills and talk to them selves nicely.. ⁣

This is the place! Teen girls, Thursday afternoons and teen guys coming soon!⁣

Click the image below to speak to us about our teens program.

"I always thought that having a muscle up was the be all and end all of CrossFit"

Hi I’m Mel, I have been CrossFitting for 18 months and this is a short insight into my journey towards the muscle up. 

I always thought that having a muscle up was the be all and end all of CrossFit..

As silly as this sounds, to me I thought once you have a MU you can actually be classified as ‘a CrossFit athlete’.. 

I attended every gymnastics class, did every progression and took on all the coaching I could afford.

Nonetheless, I wasn’t strong enough and shouldn’t have been attempting the skill.

I did any way. Attempt after attempt I was building bad movement habits and also bruising my ego. I was actually feeling really bad about myself. 

All of this was putting my shoulders at risk of injury. 

Then my coach Ev had a really honest conversation with me. About what I needed to do, what I needed to stop doing and also gave me a reality check.

This conversation came at a hard time, just after 16.2, she saw me attempting bar muscle ups when I wasn’t ready and she actually said..

“If ring muscle ups come up in one of the other open workouts, I don’t want you to even try. Either scale or sit it out completely.”

This was really hard to hear. She didn’t want me trying things I wasn’t ready for. Even though this was the last thing I wanted to hear it was still better than coaches and friends simply encouraging me to no end. 

What a blessing in disguise. Now I am not feeling bad about myself trying a movement and just failing all the time.

Ev also gave me a more realistic time frame for what I was trying to achieve and a good understanding of the tedious work I still had to put in.

This helped me to accept the truth and prepare myself for the work that I would have to put in.

Before this I guess I just wanted to believe my well meaning friends when they told me 

“Wow you are so close”

“Keep trying”

“Any day now”

My friends did mean well when they said these things to me but they simply did not understand the depth of the learning process. They were just giving me false hope. 

Now I know It will mean so much more to me when I finally achieve the skill, but approach it the right way.


Two things you need but may not be getting are..

1. Honesty about where you are on your skill journey.

2. A detailed description of the amount of work it will take to achieve a particular skill and the plan to get there.

 

Do you resonate with Mel's story? 

Book yourself in for a movement assessment, get some clarity and a structured plan to start making real progress with your skills. 

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